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Meals on wheels, a cultural phenomenon

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In 2009, spiraling downward trends in the economy forced Los Angeles’ prospective restaurateurs to reconceptualize the meaning of “dining out.” Instead of restaurants as a destination, keen culinary artists flipped the food industry on its head by bringing food directly to the consumer. Decommissioned service and delivery vehicles were transformed into mobile haute cuisine meccas, drawing throngs of foodies from every part of town. Food trucks reinvigorated the market and quickly established themselves as the future of food. Everything from pizza to curry are waiting to be discovered and new food trucks continue to pop up monthly throughout Los Angeles. Panache and originality is the name of the game for food trucks, typically transcribed in the truck’s name: Me So Hungry, India Jones, Lomo Arigato, Serendoggity. However, a truck’s name, no matter how clever, is only as good as the food it dishes out. Failure to provide meals commensurate with price and quality can spell D-O-O-M for a budding truck. Likewise, in a market that has steadily become oversaturated with sub-par taco and deli sandwich variants, the glamour of food trucks is waning.

Track down your favorite food trucks with these mobile apps and websites:
Find LA Food Trucks
Road Stoves GPS
Roaming Hunger
TruxMap Lite
LotMom
Or via social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

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Jake Fredericks

Jake Fredericks is a senior reporter and copy editor for the Daily Sundial. Jake graduated culinary school in 2011 and has been working in professional kitchens for 6 years. His enjoyment for cooking and creativity in writing has given him a unique skill set, which he has applied wholly to his goals as a food critic and eventual restauranteur. When he is not working or in class, he finds solace in writing, surfing, traveling and riding his motorcycle.

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